community medicine and health systems

Bob Hartmann on the importance of defining health beyond the physical

Bob Hartmann explains how his and many others’ formative experience in rural healthcare and community medicine with the Center for Health Services, Student Health Coalition, and Mountain People’s Health Councils—both as students and young professionals—left a lasting impact on their medical practice today. He expresses gratitude for their influence on his understanding of health and …

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Bob Hartmann on the influence of cultural understandings about death and healing

Bob Hartmann shares about a Stony Fork community member known as Uncle Ben and speaks to the impact of local culture—particularly as it regards matters of death and healing—on rural healthcare.   Full footage of Bob Hartmann’s interview with Rick Davidson.

Bob Hartmann on Appalachian culture and rural healthcare

Bob Hartmann shares a story about one of his patients while working with Mountain People’s Health Councils in Norma, Tennessee. The narrative speaks to the influence of Appalachian culture on rural healthcare and community medicine.   Full footage of Bob Hartmann’s interview with Rick Davidson.

Stephanie Park (CHS community scholar) on doctor-patient relationships

Stephanie Park, a community scholar with the Center for Health Services, shares how her firsthand experience in community healthcare bolstered her education in the field and furthered her understanding of holistic community development—particularly with regard to doctor-patient relationships.   Full footage of a collection of interviews about the Student Health Coalition and Center for Health …

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Frances Henderson on the Center for Health Services’ approach to community development

Frances Henderson from the Service Training for Environmental Progress (STEP) discusses the relationship between environmental pollution and public health, sharing specifically about a nearby contaminated creek in Hendersonville, Tennessee which caused significant medical concerns among community members. She also shares more generally about the Center for Health Services’ philosophy and approach to community development.   …

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Tom John on the Student Health Coalition and community self-determination

Tom John, M.D. comments on his work with the Student Health Coalition in 1971. He shares that one of the most powerful takeaways from this learning experience was an introduction to and participation in the development of community health systems, as well as a cultivated understanding about the value of education and community self-determination to …

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Becca Ingle on the Student Health Coalition and community healthcare

Becca Ingle, R.N., F.N.P. shares about her experience with the Student Health Coalition in the summer of 1974 and discusses its profound influence on later becoming a nurse practitioner. She also explains how the organization facilitated a shift in her understanding of healthcare. Lasting doctor-patient relationships, community mobilization and agency, and equitable allocation of resources …

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